The content of decorative rabbits in a cage, although practical, but far from the best way to equip them in the house. These active, curious, cheerful animals need the greatest possible open space.
Indeed, why are our pets worse than dogs or cats, the maintenance of which in the house has long been a common occurrence and which are allowed to move freely?
How to organize the content of decorative rabbits in a person’s home in the best way, while protecting the house and protecting the pet itself, we will consider in detail in this article.
Content of decorative rabbits: aviary
This method of keeping decorative rabbits is definitely one of the best, since it provides for sufficient space and at the same time is mobile, since the aviary can always be moved to another place, change its shape, make it composite, repeat the bends of the walls of the room.
Such a design consists of rigid lattice panels that reliably connect and form a fence without a roof. When constructing such an aviary, provide for a panel height of at least 1 m, since rabbits have an amazing jumping ability.
Moreover, if you place a booth for rest near the wall, which is limited only by the bars, the rabbit can climb the booth and easily jump over the fence.
If other animals live in the house, the content of decorative rabbits needs to be planned taking into account their activity and it is better to cover the enclosure from above to avoid potentially dangerous situations. In addition, a small decorative rabbit, and even more so a young rabbit who has just arrived in a new house, can penetrate into an incredibly narrow gap, which must also be taken into account when keeping.
The floor in the enclosure is most often covered with linoleum, laminate, plywood or a special rug, and all the necessary equipment is placed along the walls.
There are many ways to equip multi-room and multi-level apartments with the content of a decorative rabbit within the designated enclosure – from installing wooden, cardboard or trellised cubes of different sizes, to complex structures interconnected by walkways and bridges.
The convenience of a multi-level design, as in the case of a multi-story cage, is the ability to divide the space for rest and feeding, as well as install the tray separately. This will increase the quality of life of the decorative rabbit, and greatly simplify its maintenance, making cleaning easier and more efficient.
A huge advantage of keeping a decorative rabbit in a multi-storey aviary is the opportunity to save the occupied area by equipping the second and even third floor.
The occupied area can be changed – it is easy to reduce or increase it by removing or adding one or more components.
It is important to select materials suitable for decorative rabbits – it is unacceptable to use a thin mesh, as well as particle boards with a high content of phenol and other chemicals.
Eco-friendly, beautiful, but also an expensive option – arrangement of an enclosure made of natural wood. In this case, the front panel is constructed of transparent plastic, plexiglass or a rigid welded lattice.
If there is very little space, this is not a reason to give up and despair. Even in the limited territory of a small apartment, if you wish, you can organize the maintenance of your favorite decorative rabbit by arranging a small aviary along one of the walls, place a rest corner, a feeding trough, a toilet and even a compact research tunnel in it. An example of such a careful and competent approach is in the photo below.
When keeping a decorative rabbit, it is important to maintain cleanliness, while the smaller the designated area, the more often you need to clean, otherwise the pet will be forced to live in the mud, and the mood of the owners will be constantly spoiled due to an unpleasant smell and garbage flying around in different directions.
Content of the decorative rabbit: room and the whole house
Providing an entire room for keeping a decorative rabbit is a great idea and it is good if the lover has such an opportunity. If there is no empty room, a large pantry, a veranda or an attic will be equipped for keeping the pet.
The rabbit room must be properly prepared before the pet settles. Strong, reliable door, no gaps or openings, hanging wires or other potentially dangerous things, such as peeling off wallpaper, protruding nails, or shabby furniture upholstery. It is important to remember that a decorative rabbit tries everything on the tooth.
For safe keeping, you need to know exactly what the pet is doing without entering the room, so as not to scare or hit him. To do this, the doors provide an observation window.
In the corner of the decorative rabbit keeping room, a household department is equipped with a sleeping place, a feeding trough and a drinking bowl, and a toilet tray is installed in the other corner.
With this method of maintenance, the owner can give vent to imagination and place voluminous structures in the room – climbing tunnels, slides, a variety of useful and interesting toys, of which wooden and braided for grinding teeth are especially important.
Content of decorative rabbits: safety
Before you give a decorative rabbit freedom of movement around the room or throughout the house, you need to make sure that the premises are safe for a fluffy pet, and at the same time, that he will not destroy home comfort.
Let us consider, in order, how to protect the home space in which the decorative rabbit lives and make its maintenance in the house as comfortable as possible for him and for the person.
Wires are especially dangerous for decorative rabbits, who simply adore biting them. It’s worth to leave the phone charger or any other wire unattended for a minute, as the rabbit will immediately grind it into small pieces with visible pleasure.
This addiction can be explained by the similarity of wires with the roots of trees, which are familiar to the animal digging holes in the wild. A live electrical wire poses a tremendous threat to a pet’s life.
When keeping a decorative rabbit in the room, the wires can be completely removed by raising them to an inaccessible height and securing them to the walls with brackets.
You can restrict access to the wires using a special plastic tunnel that attaches to a wall or baseboard, and a wire is passed through its hollow core. Practical plastic is easy and quick to install and can be painted in any color.
If the content of a decorative rabbit is supposed to be in a room with a carpet on the floor, get ready for the fact that this beautiful decor element will be a constant victim of rabbit teeth and paws.
Digging holes is a natural desire of a decorative rabbit when arranging a safe habitat. Most often, the coating in the corners of the room suffers, where he begins to dig the ideal, in his opinion, the entrances and exits to the dwelling.
In such a situation, the owner has to deal with two roots of the problem of keeping active pets: the need for a rabbit to dig holes and protect the carpet.
The first problem can be solved by giving a decorative rabbit a cardboard box filled with improvised material – scraps of paper, straw or wood shavings, plastic balls or balls. In such a box, you can put funny little toys or some goodies. This will distract, give the opportunity to delve into plenty and satisfy the instinct of building a home.
Experienced amateurs arrange a digging tank from a large plastic container with a lid, in which they place clean sand or purchased land for indoor plants.
A hole is made in one wall of the container, a booth or other box is attached to it, and the rabbit will be able to delve into this hole for pleasure without polluting the entire room.
If the decorative rabbit is still persistently trying to dig a hole in one of the corners of the room, access to the corner is temporarily blocked by something heavy, for example, a board or a bypass tunnel. You can protect the carpet by partially covering it with linoleum, an inexpensive coating or mat.
The best, albeit radical way, is to remove the carpet. This will save an expensive piece of furniture and save nerves.
At the same time, technically equipping the contents of a decorative rabbit, do not forget about his upbringing – a smart pet is quite capable of understanding and remembering what is possible and what is not.
Sofas and armchairs
Sofas and armchairs are attractive objects for decorative rabbits when they are kept in a room with furniture. On the one hand, they love comfort and love to relax, play and even eat on a cozy sofa.
On the other hand, at one point, your pets may decide to try the upholstery on the tooth and, suddenly carried away, will begin to scatter the filler piece by piece until they empty the half-sofa.
And this is not all – the cozy space under the sofa attracts a decorative rabbit who loves to relax in a secluded quiet corner resembling a hole. And naturally, he may have a desire to extend his new shelter inside the sofa.
If the pet began to taste the upholstery on the sofa itself, there are two options for saving furniture – either remove the sofa or restrict access to it.
If the decorative rabbit tries to dig a hole under the sofa, the situation is not so critical. The first thing that can be done for its comfortable maintenance is to lay a tunnel on this site for safe movement and rest, the second option is to block the entrance to the sofa.
Table or chair legs
Gnawing wooden furniture legs is a real hobby of decorative rabbits. To protect the legs, they are wrapped with sisal fiber (agave fiber, which is used for washcloths and orthopedic mattresses), cardboard or woven covers. After the top layer is gnawed, it is replaced with a new one.
Some decorative rabbits are engaged in wall decoration with amazing persistence and enviable constancy. They really like to peel wallpaper piece by piece until the wall becomes pristine.
There are several ways to protect walls:
- remove wallpaper and cover the wall with water-based paint
- cover the bottom of the wall with plexiglass sheets or plastic panels
- install a metal mesh along the walls
The content of decorative rabbits: indoor plants
Indoor flowers play a special role in the content of decorative rabbits. Herbivores will not be able to restrain themselves for a long time, walking past juicy greens and will surely taste a leaf or two. Unfortunately, many house plants are very poisonous.
Lovers of indoor flowers when keeping pets and birds need to place plants outside the reach of pets. At first glance, a completely safe croton or bright handsome amaryllis, in fact, is extremely dangerous and the level of toxic substances in them is high enough to cause serious poisoning.
The following common, most beautiful types of indoor plants are especially poisonous:
- Euphorbiaceae (Euphorbia, Croton, Akalifa, Jatropha)
- Araliaceae (ivy, fatsii, shefflers)
- aroid (anthuriums, agloneomas, dieffenbachia)
- nightshade (datura, solandra, solyanum)
- amaryllis (amaryllis, hippeastrum, clivia)
- koutrovye (oleander)
Not so poisonous, but still harmful – pelargonium, gardenia, cyclamen, dracaena, yucca, tradescantia.